The path to achieving balanced ventilation, energy savings, and enhanced indoor air quality within the nation’s largest federally subsidized affordable housing community is being paved by the integration of eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators. These advanced mechanisms are setting a new standard in environmental efficiency and air quality, marking a significant leap towards sustainable living spaces that prioritize the health and comfort of residents.
Spring Creek Towers, a monumental testament to affordable housing in Brooklyn, New York City, has taken a significant step towards energy efficiency and enhanced indoor air quality. As the nation’s largest federally subsidized affordable housing community, it has chosen to install eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators (CARs) throughout its expansive property.
Previously known as Starrett City, Spring Creek Towers, situated in East New York, comprises 46 buildings that span a staggering 153 acres. These edifices reach between 11 to 20 stories high, providing affordable homes to thousands. This massive housing unit comprises 5,881 apartments, resembling a bustling small town more than just an apartment complex.
In an era increasingly conscious of energy consumption and its environmental implications, properties are under pressure to upgrade their systems for energy efficiency. In 2009, HUD, with the support of the Department of Energy (DOE), dispersed $600 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to 169 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). This fund was specifically allocated for energy efficiency and sustainability improvements. A popular upgrade amongst the recommendations was the installation of eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators.
eFlow is collaborating directly with Indoor Air Quality Champs, a trusted installer, to guarantee a smooth and flawless supply and installation experience for the entire Spring Creek project. IAQ Champs expertise and dedication to excellence are evident in the precision of their work, making them an invaluable asset in this endeavor.
Benefits of eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators (CARs):
Energy Savings: CARs automatically adjust to pressure changes, ensuring that the airflow remains constant. This can lead to significant energy savings over time.
Improved Indoor Air Quality: By maintaining a steady flow of fresh air and expelling stale air, CARs significantly boost indoor air quality. This results in healthier living conditions, reducing the risk of respiratory ailments.
Humidity Control: By ensuring a balanced airflow, CARs can help control indoor humidity levels, thereby reducing the risk of mold growth and other moisture-related issues.
Decreased Maintenance: CARs are free from electrical components, leading to fewer breakdowns and thus decreasing maintenance needs.
Cost-Effective: Over time, the energy savings from using CARs often outweigh the initial investment, making it a cost-effective solution for large housing complexes like Spring Creek Towers.
Easy Installation: CARs are designed for straightforward installations, reducing labor costs and time.
With such benefits, it’s evident why eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators are becoming an increasingly popular choice among large housing developments. The commitment of Spring Creek Towers to improve the quality of life for its residents while also becoming more energy-efficient is commendable.
Photo credits: Spring Creek Towers
eFlow-CAR is a simple solution to balancing ventilation systems. Constant Airflow Regulator is a device that automatically regulates airflows in ventilation systems to constant levels. The passive control element responds to duct pressure, and requires no electric sensors, pneumatic sensors or controls. eFlow-CARspromote high indoor air quality and energy savings.
- UL 2043 Classified
- Composed of fire resistant UL 94 ABS plastic
- Diameters offered: 3”, 4″, 5”, 6”, 8″, 10″
- Operating Pressure Range: 0.08 to 2.4 in w.g. (20-600Pa)
- Airflow settings: 15-765 CFM
- Temperature Limits: -22° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C)
- Suitable for both supply and exhaust applications
- No external power supply needed
- Field Adjustable CFM set point
- Capable of maintaining constant airflow within +- 5% for nominal airflow throughout the target operating pressure range of 0.08 to 2.4 in.
- Standard for Energy Efficient Compliance